Terrelonge calls for sensitive discipline in early childhood education
Minister of state in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Alando Terrelonge, has encouraged the nation's early childhood community to avoid the meting out of draconian punishment in disciplining children.
"We cannot continue within the early childhood sector unless as a nation we recognise that, yes, discipline is important, but discipline must not be taken from the viewpoint to disparage, to de-humanise, or to otherwise punish children to the point of physical or verbal or psychological abused,” he stated.
The junior minister was delivering the keynote address at the opening ceremony of the Early Childhood Commission‘s annual Professional Development Institute and Awards Ceremony at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James on Tuesday night. The three-day event is being held under the theme: ‘Creating Quality Learning Environments for Strong Foundation’.
Terrelonge recommended that discipline should be aimed at encouraging children.
“Discipline must be taken from the viewpoint of uplifting, of learning, of teaching, of encouraging, of showing our children that there is another way. So when we scold our children, let us scold them with love. When we discipline them, let us discipline them with love,” said Terrelonge.
He argued that the days have long passed when children were not viewed as human beings, but just as small insignificant figures "who should be left in a corner and not to be seen, and not to be heard".